O.B. James 1 p.m., March 7
RIYL: Soul-Junk, Trumans Water, fluf, Olivelawn, Methuselah
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Octa#grape flies in Red UFO" · Oct. 2, 2013
- "Octa#grape Gives the Garage a Long-Overdue Cleaning" · March 6, 2013
- "Octa#grape Blows Up Garage With Emotional Oil" · Feb. 20, 2013
- "Celebration Rock" · June 13, 2012
- "Mixed Nuts" · April 4, 2012
Inception: San Diego, 2012
Influences: Can, Tom Verlaine, Gong, Marc Bolan, Caravan, Camel, Parquet Courts, Rafter
Garage rock revivalists Octa#grape has included members of Soul-Junk, Trumans Water, fluf, Drifting, and Olivelawn. Guitarist Glen Galloway (Soul-Junk) sometimes goes by the names Glen Galaxy or Galaxalag. For all his avant-garde leanings (including occasional reunions with no wave rockers Trumans Water), you’d never guess that Galloway creates music for Target, Cadillac, and Adidas commercials via Singing Serpent, a Kensington-based studio that he co-founded with musician Rafter Roberts around the year 2000.
The group also includes Trumans Water drummer Ely Moyal, guitarist Jason Begin (who moonlights as breakcore producer Vytear and chillwave outlet Drifting), and bassist Otis ‘O’ Bartholameu of Olivelawn, fluf, and the Makeup Sex.
According to Galloway, “Somewhere near the end of 2011, I had six songs that didn’t seem to fit into what we were doing with Soul-Junk. For a while I thought I would play them solo, so I booked some shows and tried it. Then I started finding people who would do one show with me as a two-piece.”
“I was playing an early version of Octa#grape with a drummer named Kevin Maliszewski, and he mentioned O, who I’d known way back from the days of Olivelawn, really liked our songs and might want to play bass with us. I figured if we were going to be more than a two-piece, we should be a four-piece. So I asked Kevin if he would be into playing guitar instead, and I asked Ely, who I had played with in Trumans Water, if he wanted to play drums. Over the next four months, we played some shows and recorded nine songs, with my friend Jason Begin producing, with that line-up. Then...Jason Begin started filling in on second guitar, and we asked him to join right after.”
Their Emotional Oil EP was released in February 2013, followed by a full-length that Autumn, Red UFO. They spent the following February on a co-headlining tour of the east coast and southern states with Sebadoh.